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Rajnath Singh, the teacher- turned politician, is returning to government in a seamless journey from a party president, under whose stewardship the BJP has returned to power with highest ever tally.

62-year-old Singh, who steadfastly announced Modi’s name as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate despite opposition from seniors like L K Advani, is going to be one of the trusted lieutenants of Prime Minister Modi with a major say in the functioning of the government.

Singh, a two-term BJP president, rose from a BJP activists in Gorakhpur, where he tought physics in a local college, to Chief Minister of politically crucial Uttar Pradesh and then Transport and Agriculture Minister in Atal Bihar Vajpayee government.

His rise in politics has been gradual and steady during which he had been BJP chief from 2006 to 2009 and earned the reputation of being an able administrator as Union Minister and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Elected to Lok Sabha from Lucknow, Singh has emerged from the ranks as a political heavyweight in the party largely due to his proximity to BJP’s spiritual mentor RSS.

After taking over BJP’s reins for the first time from Advani in December 2005, Singh sought to rebuild the party by focusing on basic Hindutva ideologies and said there would be “no compromise” on building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

However, he not only failed to steer the party to power in the 2009 general elections but BJP’s poll tally dropped by 22 seats compared to 2004 Lok Sabha polls.

Born on July 10, 1951 at Bhabhaura village in Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli district, Singh obtained MSc in physics from Gorakhpur University and was appointed lecturer in the K B Post degree college in Mirzapur in 1971.

Singh’s association with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh began in 1964 when he was only 13 year old. Even as lecturer he remained attached to RSS.

Rising step by step, he began his political innings with BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 1969 as its organising secretary in Gorakhpur and rose to become the secretary of the then Bharatiya Jan Sangh’s Mirzapur unit in 1974.

During the Emergency, Singh joined Jaiprakash Narayan’s movement and was arrested in July 1975 before being released in 1977.

(With inputs from PTI)


Rajnath Singh’s remarks on Ram temple exposes BJP’s ‘double face’: Congress
Sat, May 28, 2016

“The Ram Mandir issue is not a political, but a cultural issue. The matter is also sub judice. The matter is in the Supreme Court and we are only waiting for the judgment,” Rajnath said.

Rajnath Singh: Trust in Pakistan in fighting terror ‘completely shaken’
Fri, May 27, 2016

"My trust has been completely shaken. The kind of support which we should be getting from them(Pakistan) on the issue of terrorism, that is not happening," Singh said.

Interview with Rajnath Singh: ‘Even if we could benefit from polarisation, we wouldn’t want to derive such benefits’
Fri, May 27, 2016

The day his government completes two years in power, the Union Home Minister discusses achievements and targets, the UP elections, Pathankot and Delhi police.

India is changing, but mindset of few remain unchanged: PM Modi
Thu, May 26, 2016

PM Modi is in Saharanpur to highlight his government's achievements in the past two years.

Arvind Kejriwal meets rape victim, raises Delhi statehood issue
Thu, May 26, 2016

Kejriwal said he has sought time to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss how such incidents could be stopped by working together in the existing system.

Dawood Ibrahim will be nabbed soon: Rajnath Singh
Tue, May 24, 2016

'Dawood will be brought back to India on any condition'

Manipur Ambush: Rajnath Singh mourns killing of jawans, says MHA monitoring situation
Sun, May 22, 2016

The ambush took place between Hengshi and Tuiyang villages around 12.30 pm when the JCO and other jawans were returning after inspecting a landslide scene in the locality.

Rajnath Singh to states: ‘Stop cattle smuggling completely’
Sat, May 21, 2016

“We have also written to various states to ensure that it is completely stopped,” he added.

Investigation agencies have complete autonomy: Rajnath Singh
Sat, May 21, 2016

The NIA had last week, in a U-turn, dropped all charges against Thakur and five others in the Malegaon blasts case.

Home minister holds top-level meet on J&K
Thu, May 19, 2016

Chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence, the meeting was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and MoS, PMO, Jitendra Singh.

CM Devendra Fadnavis meets Rajnath Singh, seeks drought relief funds
Thu, May 19, 2016

The state government has sought a package of Rs 7,188 crore for Vidarbha and Marathwada.

Sex tourism, child pornography major threat to children: Rajnath Singh
Wed, May 11, 2016

Singh said safety, security, dignity and wellbeing of our children and young people will determine the wellbeing and strength of our countries.

Rahul Gandhi receives death threat ahead of Puducherry rally
Tue, May 10, 2016

After the death threat letter surfaced, a delegation of top Congress leaders met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi today and urged him to beef up Rahul's security.

Centre ready for CBI probe into the brutal rape and murder of law student: Rajnath Singh
Fri, May 06, 2016

The Home Minister's remarks assume significance with the investigation by Kerala police not making much headway even days after the incident.

Rajnath discusses J&K with Parrikar, Kashmiri Pandits’ resettlement on agenda
Thu, May 05, 2016

The high-level meeting took stock of the prevailing situation in hinterland and border areas, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir which recently saw unrest.

1984 anti- Sikh riot grant: Association seeks clarification from Home Minister Rajnath Singh over selection
Thu, May 05, 2016

The association has also threatened to stage a protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar if the Centre does not re-open the 247 old files relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims within a month.

No alarming situation over Islamic State yet, says Govt
Thu, May 05, 2016

Rajanth Singh expressed confidence that there will be no increase in the terror outfit’s activities in India in future too.

BJP MP contradicts Home Minister, gives Congress reason to cheer
Wed, May 04, 2016

While the minister, who ranks second in the Cabinet, appeared unruffled by the MP’s remark, elated Congress members were seen welcoming his intervention.

Uttarakhand fire: Around 3000 acres of forest destroyed; Rajnath says situation under control
Mon, May 02, 2016

"Three teams of NDRF and three IAF MI-17 helicopters were also engaged to control the situation," said Singh

Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Raj day: Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Uma, Amit Shah; Manohar Parrikar gives Rae Bareli a miss
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was the notable exception who could not attend his scheduled chaupal in Rae Bareli.

CPM leader Prakash Karat, BJP go to police over Derek O’Brien and morphed photo
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

The complaint has been filed against Mamata Banerjee, Subrata Bakshi and Derek O'Brien.

Rajnath Singh reviews landslide, floods situation in Arunachal Pradesh
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Singh called up Chief Minister Kalikho Pul and took stock of the situation in the state following the landslide in border town Tawang and floods in Changlang and a few other districts.

Gujarat violence: Rajnath speaks to CM Anandiben Patel on Mehsana clashes
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

In the wake of reports of clashes in Mehsana town, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday called up Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, who apprised him on the prevailing situation there.

India to become global economic power: Rajnath Singh
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

"The world has started recognising India's power. No country can avoid us and they have to keep India in their mind," Singh said

Challenging India’s sovereignty won’t be tolerated, says Rajnath Singh
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

"We don't want to raise questions over sovereignty and self-respect of any country in the world. But if anyone raises questions over the sovereignty and self-respect of India, then it will not be tolerated at all," Singh said.

Rajnath meets NSA Ajit Doval to discuss Pakistan, NIT Srinagar
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

The high-level meeting also discussed the issue of Pakistan's denial of permission to an NIA team to visit the country in connection with the Pathankot airbase terror attack.

Stop crying for funds, we give you enough: Rajnath to states
Mon, Apr 04, 2016

The minister also assured contractual employees demanding regularisation and better pay package of finding a “solution” to their problems since “there is no crunch of funds”.

After clashes over India-WI T20 match, Rajnath Singh assures security to Srinagar students
Sun, Apr 03, 2016

The Home Minister's statement came after clashes occurred at NIT, Srinagar following team India's defeat against West Indies in the World Cup T20 semi-final.

NDA govt will stop infiltration from Bangladesh into Assam: Rajnath
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

Highlighting the steps taken by his government in this regard, Singh said that a few months ago he had visited the India-Bangladesh border and held "talks with the Bangladesh government".

Home Ministry to probe ‘disrespect’ to CRPF man’s body
Tue, Mar 29, 2016

His body was flown to Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday, to be taken to his home in Alappuzha. But relatives reportedly found the body was decomposed, naked and wrapped in a black plastic sheet.

Rajnath rules out withdrawal of Assam Rifles from Myanmar border
Wed, Mar 23, 2016

There have been reports that the central government may entrust the task of guarding this border to another border guarding force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

Centre ready for talks if insurgents give up violence: Rajnath Singh
Mon, Mar 21, 2016

There are two militant groups in Meghalaya -- HNLC and ANVC, both active in Khasi hills and Garo hills regions respectively.

Refusing to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ is disrespect to Constitution: BJP
Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Bharat Mata ki Jai is not merely a slogan. It was a mantra of inspiration to countless freedom fighters during the independence struggle. It is the heartbeat of a billion people today.

Pathankot probe- Fully prepared for Pak team arrival: Rajnath
Sat, Mar 19, 2016

“I have come to know through the media that the Pakistan team is coming. We are fully prepared,” Singh said on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi.

Jat stir: Rajnath Singh calls up Haryana CM, reviews situation
Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today allayed fears over possible renewal of quota agitation by Jats in Haryana and expressed confidence that a solution will be found soon.

Rajnath Singh: Forensic report confirms 6 terrorists hit Pathankot airbase
Thu, Mar 17, 2016

Rajnath Singh quoted from the report to say, “This burnt mass material belongs to human male. It could not be possible to establish the identity of burnt male remains as under reference.”